And no, this isn’t about how to write a good opening for your novel. This isn’t about how to hook your future audience in at the first sentence. This is how to start writing once you’ve sat down at the computer with a blank word document (or other variations on other devices like phones or paper) for the first time, and decide to write a novel.Read More
The thing with rules is that they are usually there for a reason, but there is an exception to every rule (and an exception to that rule, too). But exceptions aren’t just random – there’s a reason why that particular exception is an exception. The exceptions are the ones that don’t violate the reason why that rule is in place.Read More
My mom once gave me relationship advice that I think applies here:
You need to marry someone who you both like and love, because there are going to be some days that you don’t like him (or her), and that’s when you love him. And there’s some days you won’t love him, and that’s when you remember you like him. And there’s going to be some days that you don’t like or love him, and that’s when you remember you made a commitment.Read More
Most likely, you’ve heard that advice before. It’s maybe the most said writing advice ever. And there are many reasons for that, and many good things that come from taking this advice. But there’s one benefit that, to me, seems to be overlooked.Read More
One of the pieces of advice often found when wandering the internet is to avoid the word “said” at all cost.
And, well… this just isn’t good advice.Read More
One of the areas in the fictional female character’s life that needs to be considered when trying to write, for lack of better terminology, a “strong female” is relationships.Read More
Flags. It’s a seemingly simple concept: a piece of cloth with a design on it that represents something. Simple, right?Read More
Because we all use them.Read More
Media, unfortunately, often dictates how certain groups of people are perceived in society. This is why representation is so important in TV, movies, and books.
This need for representation goes beyond just race, gender, and sexuality. It is also important with personality types and niches of humans. For instance, the way awkward characters are treated is often a misrepresentation.Read More
But everything has flaws in it, and Harry Potter is no exception. To me, the most annoying was her use of dialect, primarily with Hagrid.Read More